Hearing that she had been thought about too caused butterflies to start up in her stomach— a feeling that seemed to appear every time Ace was around. "I’ve been good, just doing the usual, really," giving a small nod, Kairi thought back to what had happened in the time they’d been apart. "I’ve started training with my friends! They’re teaching me everything I need to know about using a keyblade so it’s been kinda fun." A smirk appeared on her lips as she talked about training, proud of her accomplishments so far. "How about you? What have you been up to?"
What a relief.. The female didn’t seem to catch his moment of disappointment— not that it would matter now though, it was gone anyways. Blue orbs kept their eyes steady on her, ensuring the fact that he was paying attention to what Kairi was saying. “Training?” Ace blurted out. “T-training for what, though?” A hand lifted to his temple. “Are you in some sort of danger?” he asked, trying to recall if they ever talked about anything that serious before. The student was far too wrapped up in his thoughts to answer her question of what he’s been up to. “Keyblade..?” Hiding his sudden anxiety proved to be difficult.
"Of course I’d remember you, silly," she let out a small laugh at the thought. "I don’t think I could forget you even if I tried." Though the statement held true, it took only a mere second for the teen to realize what she had just said. "I mean— It’s not like I was constantly thinking about you while you were gone but I thought about you quite often… So you’d be pretty hard to forget. Ah— I mean—" Biting her lip as she stepped away from the hug, Kairi latched her hand onto her arm behind her back as she looked at the other wide eyed, a faint blush beginning to form on her cheeks. How embarrassing.
A small smile formed on the student’s lips while the other talked. It was even better that she sounded enthusiastic too. Though the thought that Ace was still remembered sent his heart pounding. “Ah—” He wasn’t expecting Kairi to pull away from the hug so quickly and needless to say, he was hoping he would be able to hold her for longer. Hoping she didn’t notice his slight disappointment, Ace cleared his throat. “I’m very happy to hear that, honestly. I, um. I really thought about you too. Please tell me, how have you been?”
An excited giggle escaped her lips as the redhead bounced towards the other, quickly pulling him into a tight hug. Maybe the gesture was a little forward, but she couldn’t help it! It’d been so long since they’d last seen each other. "I was starting to think you’d forgotten about me," she teased half heartedly with a soft smile.
The feeling of the sudden embrace brought back many memories. It took a moment for him to register the feeling of such action— such closeness, and to top it off, it’s by someone who Ace cared deeply for. “I could never forget,” he replied and made sure his arms were secure around Kairi as well. “I’m happy, that you remember.. Me..”
"Ace— is that you?"
"… Kairi..? It’s me, Ace.." The blond tilted his head with his eyes narrowing. Could it really be her? Eventually, there was no doubt about it. Ace took slow steps towards the other, still convinced that it was a dream.
"I am," she replied raising a brow slightly. There had been a long trail of disappearances from people in her life as of recently, and seeing at least one familiar face eased her mind despite the worrying. "Where in the world have you been?" she asked, although it might have come off a tad harsh, it wasn’t meant to be. As to not worry him, she added, "I’m glad to see you’re okay…"
Eyes narrowed as soon as she spoke. The student did not at all blame the other for being upset and worried— after all, he was too. Everyone was gone as far as he knew. Though now that he’s met up with Seven, Ace had a glimmer of hope with meeting the others. “I.. it’s a long story,” he began. “And I’m sorry for being gone, really, but where are the others, Seven? How are you?”